The physical symptoms of depression is not only affects one's mind but it also affects their body. The body begins to show signs of something going wrong.
First of all let us understand what depression is. “A mental state or chronic mental disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, loneliness, despair, low self-esteem , and self-reproach; accompanying signs include psycho-motor retardation (or less frequently agitation), withdrawal from social contact, and vegetative states such as loss of appetite and insomnia. Syn: dejection (1), depressive reaction, depressive syndrome” (Definition-Stedmans Medical Dictionary) Depression causes physical changes in the brain.
Genetics, low self-esteem, trauma, illnesses and other psychological illnesses are associated with depression. Women are twice as likely to get depressed as men. Men would rather mask their depression symptoms with the help of alcohol and other abusive substances. They are also more likely to commit suicide. The elderly who have been left alone without their near and dear ones are also likely to get depressed more easily.
The Physical Symptoms Of Depression
When depression shows up in people it displays certain physical symptoms. These symptoms are as follows:
• Depressed people stop enjoying the things they enjoyed before depression hit them such as sex and food. Sometimes they may eat in excess to deal with their depression.
• People who are depressed constantly feel sad and unhappy.
• They feel tired and have no energy all the time.
• They give up hope and sometimes even go to the extreme of wanting to commit suicide.
• Feelings of failure, dejection and guilt about their past, or their present. Feelings of insecurity about their future haunt them constantly.
• They may get all kinds of aches and pains such as backaches, headaches etc which seem to have no physical cause.
• Anxiety can become unbearable and they can get anxious over little things.
• They may also find it difficult to socialize and mix with people and may not want to be around people yet find it hard to be on their own.
• Thinking clearly can become quite taxing.
• They feel they are a burden on others and society.
• They get angry and irritated easily. Feelings of jealousy, fear and all sorts of negative emotions surround them.
• They may be unable to sleep well and get insomnia and when its time to wake up, they may not feel alert and instead be dogged by negative emotions.
• They might also get the feeling that life is treating them unfairly.
Today, depression does not mean it is the end of the world for somebody. Remember while medicine and pills can help, our minds have vast resources of energies that can be directed towards healing ourselves. There are many ways to say bye to your ugly depression without medicine and instead use the healing powers of your mind.